Woodhall Colliery was the only pit owned by the Woodhall Coal Company. Sunk in 1903, it was designed to produce coal for 20 years but favourable geological conditions allowed it to continue until 1944.
Working pit ponies from Woodhall Colliery grazing in the East Lothian countryside on one of their rare ‘holidays’ above ground.
Pit ponies, used to pull hutches to and from the coal face, spent their entire working life underground. They were stabled, fed, groomed and worked down the pit and only came up to the surface for the pit’s annual two week holiday or when they retired.